Weapons

Weapons

The most common weapons in the North are the spear and dagger. More rarely, warriors may carry axes or swords. Bows are found, more commonly in Ethelland than the rest of the North (the longbow was considered a specialty of the Prytani). Only simple and martial weapons are commonly found in the North – most exotic weapons are forbidden in this setting.

Battle Axe, Greataxe, or Throwing Axe – Axe heads tend to be made from 2 different materials – a fine steel cutting edge welded to an iron or steel head (hence the so-called skeggox – “bearded axe”). The great axe is also called the breidox (“broad axe”). Axes are named about as often as swords (almost always with a female name).
Crossbows are very rare among the human cultures of the North at this time, though Dvergar and Svartalfar make extensive use of them
Dagger – The daggers of the North are usually long, practically small shortswords. They are commonly used as utility knives – thoroughly cleaned for eating and daily tasks, but also used as a weapon of last resort in combat. A type of long single-bladed dagger, practically a machete, called a sax (called “seax” in Ethelland) is common.
Glaive – Called a hoggspjot (if the shaft is bound in metal) or heptisax (if the shaft is not bound in metal) in the North, this weapon is essentially a dagger or shortsword blade mounted on a polearm
Guisarme – Called a krokaspjot in the North – a spear-like polearm with a hook
Greatsword – a type of sword found rarely, even among adventurers and nobility. Some ancient greatswords are of the “seax” single-edged sort, though most are now double-edged
Halberd – Called a refthi in the North, an axe-bladed polearm
Longspear and Spear – Called a geirr in the North, a spear is usually made with an iron, leaf-shaped blade, sometimes with a “winged” socket. The primary weapon of most footsoldiers, owning a spear is often considered the basic requirement to consider oneself a warrior. Spearheads do sometimes have decoration, such as inlaid silverwork.
Longsword – a type of sword found commonly only among adventurers and nobility. The ancient “seax” type, the single-edged chopping weapon, has largely been replaced by the double-edged sort.
Shortsword – a common sword of the North, used as a weapon of last resort when spear fails
Bows – Made of yew, ash, or elmwood. Longbows are typically made of yew and may be reinforced with wrapping of linen, leather, or sinew. Arrows typically have three-feather fletching, and feature wooden heads for practice and small game or iron heads of various shapes for different purposes (long, narrow heads to pierce mail, barbed to prevent easy removal, or designed to carry plugs of burning material to spread fires, etc.). Quivers for arrows are worn at the hip, not the back, for quickest reloading.
Slings are considered common, peasant-weapons.

A bondi of the levy would need an axe or sword, a spear ( spjot ), and a wooden shield as basic equipment (called the folkvopn – “folk-weapons”). They might also have a basic steel helmet ( stalhufa ). The common bondi often went unarmored, or simply wearing padded armor or a leather jerkin. Common alternatives to the expensive folkvopn would be either a yew bow or (rarely) a sling.

Weapons

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